Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tomorrow's Youth Organization is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members.
Jan 3, 2013

Lebanese Women Brand their Businesses

Happy New Year from the TYO teams in DC and Lebanon!

Despite the challenges facing Lebanon in conjunction with the conflict in Syria, our female business leaders remain a hard-working dedicated group, determined to overcome the obstacles that may stand in the way of their success. The women have most recently completed the Corporate Identities/Branding of their businesses, and are ready to go to print! This means that the women will now be equipped with products that can be sold anywhere in Lebanon, or abroad!

Here is an inside look at 3 of our top 10 women’s businesses and products:

Ms. Sahar Abo Doleh has been working hard on establishing her honey as a premium product, to be sold all across Lebanon. She worked with our volunteer graphic design team to develop her concept: “Pure Mountain Honey,” and the WEL team has secured market opportunities for her product, once she is ready.


 

Ms. Hwayda Charaf Eddine has a real artistry with her accessories and the name of her business says it all: “Hwayda’s Accessories.” Her branding is as lovely and as feminine as her accessories!

 

Finally, Ms. Asma Amyouni has managed to create a secret special blend of herbs in her preserved olives that have created a niche for her product. Her “Wadina Herby Olives” will take the market by storm!

In addition to their branding, 6 of our women recently participated in an Exposition, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli (CCIAT), which provided them with additional networking opportunities, as well as the chance to sell their products.

Congratulations to all the WEL women in this big step towards creating a brand for their products, which will serve to help them in both accessing markets, and networks for sale!

With the start of the new year, we look forward to continue to network with our business women in Northern Lebanon and are thrilled to report that TYO Lebanon will launch a new round of traning, coaching, and incubation for women in the Bekaa Valley! Please stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for updates on the program's pogress.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy and healthy 2013!

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Jan 3, 2013

Volunteers Make the World Go Round!

Happy New Year from the TYO teams in Nablus and DC!

As we reflect on an amazing year of education programming, we would like to salute our amazing local volunteers who generously gave their time in TYO classrooms in 2012. Our volunteers come from local universities in Nablus and spend up to 10 hours a week supporting teachers and international interns in early childhood and youth education classrooms. They receive training from staff in TYO's psychosocial support methods as well as leadership and communications skills.

Here are three reflections from some of TYO star volunteers in their own words:

"I have learned how to deal with children and how to respect their needs which is something we lack in this community. Traditionally in Palestine, children are brought into a system where the child comes last but at TYO, the child always comes first. I also learned how to be part of a team with the teachers and other volunteers."

---Jihan is 22 years old and a current volunteer at TYO. She is a junior junior studying Financial and Banking in Al-Quds Open University in Nablus.

"My favorite class thus far has been the sport class because I love sports and the kids love it too – especially when they play outside. My favorite moment at TYO was when I was honored at the volunteer ceremony. I felt that I was doing a good job and my efforts were appreciated. It was a great feeling."


---Ahmad is 21 years old, originally from Jenin, Palestine and a current volunteer at TYO.

"Before coming to TYO, my personality was weak. I couldn’t look people in the eyes while speaking and now, I am more courageous when I’m talking socially with friends, and even with strangers."

---Amani is 30 years old, from Jamma’en, a small town outside of Nablus, and a current volunteer at TYO.

We are extermely grateful for your support. Please stay tuned to the TYO blog and Facebook page for our most recent updates.

Oct 15, 2012

TYO Entrepreneur London Bound

Houwayda hard at work!
Houwayda hard at work!

TYO and TYO Lebanon are honored to participate in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s new Enterprise Development Programme Launch in November of this year! As our WEL program has shown so much progress, WEL beneficiary Ms. Houwayda Charaf el Dine was also invited to give a 5-minute presentation on her experiences with the WEL project. Mrs. Cherie Blair will also be speaking at the event.

We are so proud of Houwayda and wanted to share her story with you, again. See below our past interview with Ms. Houwayda Charaf El Dine!

What is your personal background?

My name is Houwayda Charaf El Dine and I live with my family in a small village called Berkayel in Akkar. I have a B.A in French Literature and I work as a teacher in one of the schools in Akkar.

What is your business idea?

Before talking about my dream I need to clarify some of the issues. There is an urgent need in the rural areas in Akkar for development in different sectors, and this need is directly related to the absence of the government due to many pressures and other concerned national issues. We see that a lot of women in these areas did not complete their education and they stay at home, with no work.

Thus, doing projects in the region will reduce many of the problems faced by these villages and will create jobs for both women and men. Consequently,

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